We bought some vouchers a couple of month ago for Ullswater Steamers so it was obvious that we visited the lake. It took about an hour and a half to drive to the northern shore of the lake. After leaving the car in a car park we walked to the pier of Pooley Bridge. Our plan was to get off the boat at Howtown pier which sits approximately in the middle of the lake. From here to Glenridding along the lakeshore one of the most beautiful walks of the Lake District was promised. Of course my camera was ready for action...
I've been quiet for a while now. It's been mostly because of the recent heatwave in the UK. In June and July I don't really go walking in the morning as the sunrise is too early. But for an evening walk the temperature was always too hot. Beside this all the vegetation literally dried out so there is not much green tones left except the leaves on the trees. Fortunately this is holiday time and we planned this year to visit the Lake District. I was really looking forward to it and it did not disappoint us.
So far my longest lens for landscape was the Zeiss Sonnar 55mm F1.8 in my bag. Recently I often found myself in situations where I wanted just an intimate crop in the frame and 55mm proved to be not long enough on the Sony A7II. For full frame E-mount there is no budget tele-zoom option. Either you buy one of the FE 70-200mm versions or the FE 70-300mm. I consider the 100-400mm GM too heavy for myself. All these lenses cost a fortune and I don't want to spend that much. Fortunately adapting Canon lenses to Sony bodies is relatively easy and there are lot of different auto focus adapters available. I picked the Canon version of the highly regarded Tamron SP 70-300mm F4-5.6 VC USD lens used from eBay and a Viltrox EF-NEX IV auto focus adapter.
As I mentioned in my last post I had planned to shoot Bluebells and Wild Garlic by the stream next to my village. Weather-wise the last two evenings were really nice so I grabbed my camera bag and left with hope to shoot some nice close-up photos.
Finally Spring has arrived. Last week we had three days with temperature rising above 25 degree Celsius. Nature was waiting eagerly for this. These unusual hot days boosted everything. You can see daffodils, tulips, shrubs and trees in bloom all at the same time. Bluebells and Wild Garlic started to grow and develop their flowers. It's been almost a year when I last time used my lenses for macro photography. After a long cold and wet winter I really wanted to go out to lie down in the woods and just enjoy photographing these small wonders.